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Brett D. Griswold

Height: 5'11" Weight: 165
Eyes: Hazel/Brown
Hair: Black

Email Brett
brett@paradisetango.com

Brett was born and raised in Orange County, CA close to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Living in Orange County he had the opportunity to train in various prestigious dance schools including Orange County School of Dance in Westminster. Beginning at the age of 7 he began formal jazz and modern dance training. At Oxford Academy, a nationally ranked Charter High School he became active in both sports and music. Throughout his pre-teen and teen years he performed with the Oxford Academy Show Choir, touring many cities in the continental US and Hawaii. With formal vocal and dance training he was a lead and main performer throughout his stay at Oxford Academy.

In 2005 he started his undergraduate studies at the University of California - Santa Cruz majoring in Biology and Health Sciences Science. After arriving at the university he continued to be active in the arts participating in the University Latin Dance Troupe Sabrosaura focusing on Salsa and Salsa formation dance (Rueda) until finding Tango. While at UCSC Brett also trained with nationally recognized choreographer and modern dancer Tandy Biel further improving his flexibility and honing his choreography skills while developing a deep appreciation for cultural dances including Flamenco and Tahitian dance.

In 2006 he began taking Argentine Tango lessons in Santa Cruz from local teachers Nancy and John Lingemann, quickly falling in love with the intricate and passionate dance. In 2007, he co-founded Tangroupe, the Argentine Tango Society at UC Santa Cruz with his dance partner Jennifer Small. Tangroupe grew from a small group of only 4 performers to larger than 150 students encompassing a social dance club, performance troupe and competitive formation dance team. Together, Brett and Jennifer have performed at numerous local (CA) and national events, produced and directed 4 major shows/events and have won numerous prizes for their choreography for solos and formation dance. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree he moved south to Los Angeles to work as a Certified Personal Trainer and to start up a new dance studio, performance troupe and Argentine Tango classes in Southern California. In 2010, along with his partner Jennifer Small, he competed at the US Tango Championships earning 2nd place in the Stage Tango Cateogry and competed in Buenos Aires at the World Tango Championships for Stage and Salon Tango.

Brett now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is starting up a new Personal Training and Corrective Exercise Practice. He recently obtained his Corrective Exercise Specialistm Performance Enhancement Specialst and Senior Fitness Specialst certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine. He currently works as a Personal Trainer for 24 Hour Fitness in Waikiki and teaches Argentine Tango classses with his partner Jenny Small. They have opened their own dance studio space PARADISE TANGO in the hip and trendy Chinatown neighborhood offering a variety of tango, fitness and dance classes.


Competitions

 
4th Place Winner
Tango Escenario
2011 5th USA Tango Championships

2nd Place Winner
Tango Escenario

2010 4th USA Tango Championships (Celebrate Tango NYC - Results)
USA Representative
Tango Escenario
2010 Tango Mundial - Buenos Aires Argentina
3rd place - Formation Dance 2010 Berkeley Ballroom Classic - Choreography for "Secret Agent Man"
  2010 Stanford Cardinal Classic - Choreography for "Gran Guignol"
3rd place - Formation Dance 2009 Stanford Cardinal Classic - performing "Berretines" & "El Choclo"
1st place - Formation Dance 2009 Berkeley Ballroom Classic - performing "El Choclo"
  2008 Stanford Cardinal Classic

1st place - Argentine Tango

2008 Berkeley Ballroom Classic
1st place - Formation Dance 2008 Berkeley Ballroom Classic - performing "Tango del Atardecer"

Performances & Shows

2013 "2nd Hong Kong Night - Live in Concert" - Theatrical Tango Performance
  "Hispanic Celebration - Cinco de Mayo" - Theatrical Tango Performance
  "Aida Ballroom Dance Club 58th Anniversary" - Exhibition performance
  "FAMES Pre-Valentines Mixer " - Exhibition performance and instructors
  "FilAm Courier 25th Annual Gala Event" - Exhibition performance for dinner
2012 "Salsa Mambo Festival - New Years Eve 2012-2013" DanceSport CA, (Featured dancer and Instructor)
  "FAMES 8th Annual Gala Event" - Exhibition performance for dinner, Hosts for post dinnr dance party
  "AIEA Ballroom Dance Club" - Exibition performance for dance club (Featured dancer)
  "Espectacular" Fashion Show, Carlos Saran Productions, (Featured dancer)
  "Pasadena Dance Festival" Lineage Performing Arts Center ( Performer, Instructor)
  "Tapas and Tango" Charity event in Malibu CA, (Host, Choreographer and Dancer)
  "Argentine Association of Los Angeles Anniversary Milonga" (Special Guest Performer)
  "History of Tango" Performance at Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA (Motivational Speaker, Dancer)
2011 "Salsa Mambo Festival - New Years Eve 2011-2012" DanceSport CA, (Featured dancer and Instructor)
  "Tango Noir" Murder Mystery Dance Show Created for the Pala Casino Resort and Spa (Choreographer, Performer)
  "Passport to the Arts" at the Museum of Latin American Art (Featured dancer)
  "Rainbow Dance Festival" DanceSport CA, (Featured dancer, Instructor)
  "San Fernando Dance Festive" (Performer)
  "Cornucopia of Dance" Creations Dance Theater, (Featured dancer)
  "Salsa Mambo Festival - Summer" DanceSport CA, (Performer, Instructors)
  "Noche de Elegancia" Carlos Saran Productions, (Featured dancer)
  "Dia de la Mujers" Carlos Saran Productions, (Featured dancer)
  "Tango Prohibido" UCSC Spring show (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  "Pasadena Dance Festival" Lineage Performing Arts Center (Performers, Instructors)
2010 Tango Mundo Tango Festival, Choreographer, (Tango:"Gran Guignol" and "El Choclo" )
  "Tengo Tango" UCSC Spring show (Tango: Director, Choreographer and Performer)
  "History of Tango" educational lecture and performance at Oxford Academy (Tango: Performer)
  International Festival of Music and Dance at UCSC (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Formation Dance at Berkeley Ballroom Classic (Tango: Choreographed "Secret Agent Man")
  Formation Dance at Stanford Cardinal Classic (Tango: Choreographed "Gran Guigno")
  Haiti Relief Fundraiser at Tartusa's Restaurant in San Mateo (Tango: performed "Tango to Evora")
2009 "Tango Xtravaganza! II", The Mello Center Watsonville (Tango:Director, Choreographer and Performer)
  "A Night in Buenos Aires" Dinner show, UCSC (Tango: Director, Choreographer and Performer)
  Random with a Purpose, UCSC Dance Performance (Head Choreographer)
  "What’s Erotic?", Theater Show, (Tango: Assistant Choreographer)
  "Dance Collision", Make a Wish fundraiser, (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  "Birth of the Word" Festival hosted by Rainbow Theater (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Formation Dance at Stanford Cardinal Classic (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Formation Dance at Berkeley Ballroom Classic (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  National Dance Week, Santa Cruz, Downtown Santa Cruz (Tango: Improv)
  Senior Citizens Opportunity Program, Community Outreach (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Tandy Biel's "Dance Around the World" hosted by UCSC (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  "Tango Prohibido" UCSC Spring Show (Tango: Director Choreographer and Performer)
2008 Monterey Mystique Show at Wave Street Studios (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  "Tango Extravaganza!", The Mello Center Watsonville (Tango: Director, Choreographer and Performer)
  University of California Advisers Conference in Monterey, CA (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Formation Dance at Stanford Cardinal Classic (Tango: Choreographer)
  International Festival of Music and Dance at UCSC (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  Formation Dance at Berkeley Ballroom Classic (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
2007 Insight Argentina Fundraiser, (Tango: Choreographer and Performer)
  International Festival of Music and Dance at UCSC (Tango: Performer)

Promotions, Films, TV and Music Videos

2012 GLOBAL TV 57.8 Show "EL SHOW DEL JAROCHO!" (Featured Tango Dancer)
2011 Commercial for Nail Salon (Featured Tango Dancer)
2010

Music Video for Masoud Darvish (Choreographer, Featured Tango Dancer)
Bacardi Torched Cherry Promotional Event (Featured Tango Dancer)

2009 "Una Leccion de Tango" - Film by Kristina Vega- (Featured Tango Dancer and Lead Actor)
2008 "Keeping the Spirit Alive: A Tribute to Henry Mello" (Featured Tango Dancer)

Modeling

2009 "Tango Chemistry" - Art Installation, Blake Chiao (Tango dancer)
   

Other Training and Special Skills

Other Dance Forms: Modern, Flamenco, Tahitian
Martial Arts: Okinawan Kempo
Vocal and Musical Training: Formally trained Tenor, Trumpet, Bugle
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, page layout and graphic design
Theater Skills: Stage direction, Stage design and lighting
Languages: Spanish (4-years college, Medical Spanish, conversational)
Health and Fitness Skills: CPR and First Aid, National Association of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist
 
Classes - Current & Past
HONOLULU, HAWAII
Beginning Argentine Tango - UH Outreach College Course, Honolulu, HI, May 31-Aug 9, 6:00-7:30 pm Fridays
Open Level Argentine Tango - Arthur Murray Dance Center, Honolulu, HI, On going 1:00-2:00 pm Sundays
LOS ANGELES, PASADENA, ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Beginning Milonga - Dancesport CA, Signal Hill, CA, was on-going, FINISHED, 7:00-8:00 pm Sundays
Beginning Vals - Dancesport CA, Signal Hill, CA, was on-going, FINISHED, 8:00-9:00 pm Sundays
Intermediate Argentine Tango - Dancesport CA, Signal Hill, CA, was on-going, FINISHED, 8:00-9:00 pm Wednesdays
Beginning Argentine Tango - Dancesport CA, Signal Hill, CA, was on-going, FINISHED, 7:00-8:00 pm Wednesdays
Open Level Argentine Tango - Fred Astaire Dance Center, Pasadena, CA, was on-going, FINISHED, 1:00-2:30pm Sundays
Beginning Argentne Tango - Pasadena Dance Festival, February, 2012
Wine and Tango - Lineage Performing Arts Center, Pasadena, CA Saturday, April 16th, 6-8pm
Open Level Argentine Tango - Fred Astaire Dance Center, Pasadena, CA, On going, 8:30-9:15 pm Thursdays
Beginning Argentine Tango - Buena Park, CA, 6 week series Starting April 23rd, 2011, 9-10 am
Intermediate Argentine Tango - Buena Park, CA, 6 week series Starting April 23rd, 2011, 10-11 am
Beginning Argentine Tango - Buena Park, CA, 6 week series Starting June 4th, 2011, 9-10 am
Intermediate Argentine Tango - Buena Park, CA, 6 week series Starting June 4th, 2011, 10-11 am
Beginning Argentne Tango - Pasadena Dance Festival, February 17th, 2011

Brett leading warm-up exercises for Beginning Tango which includes footwork, strength and balance exercises.